Trump promises “It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch” (the planet cool when Hell froze over)

So many contradictions, so little time, as non-socially distanced followers are kept away from Trump by a thin white line.

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Because if you support the GOP you should support the (Russian) troops.

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Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, confirmed that the planes are Russian MiG-29s, and also said the soldier on the far right in the ad carries an AK-74 assault rifle.

The Trump Make America Great Again Committee is run by both the Republican National Committee and the campaign. Most of the low-dollar and digital donations raised by the committee goes to the campaign.

The image in the ad is a stock photo available on Shutterstock.com with the title “Military silhouettes of soldiers and airforce against the backdrop of sunset sky.” The creator of the image, named “BPTU,” says they are based in Andorra, but did not respond to a Facebook message.

The MiG-29, a twin-engine fighter jet designed in the Soviet Union that first flew in 1977, is the Russians’ mainstay fighter jet and has been sold all over the world. It was developed during the Cold War specifically to counter American F-15 and F-16s, and the U.S. even obtained a few to play the adversary in war games. The planes have recently been spotted at a Russian air base in Syria and also Libya.

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The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment. The RNC declined to comment.

Politicians have gotten in trouble in the past for running ads or creating content that featured Russian or other countries’ military equipment. Last October, Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) tweeted a picture of the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy with the comment: “Happy birthday to the US Navy. To the men and women who serve to keep our waters safe, we thank you.” His office later took the tweet down.

Are people merely voting against Trump rather than voting for Biden, it would be sad if that becomes a lasting meme, even if that’s what gets folks to the polls (mailing their ballots). Some are already predicting doom and a constitutional crisis.

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Whether it’s tweeting that the election should be delayed as it “will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history” or that there will be widespread voter fraud because of the expected uptick in mail ballots due to the coronavirus, Trump seems intent on undermining the electoral process.

This, in turn, raises a rather thorny and unprecedented question: What happens if Trump won’t go? The answer is bleak. Experts tell me that the president actually has a lot of power at his discretion to contest the election, and some of the scenarios that could bring us to the edge of a crisis are actually very plausible.

Consider this one: It’s late on Election Day, and hundreds of thousands of votes in key battleground states still have to be counted due to the increased use of mail and absentee voting because of the pandemic. As a result, media outlets have largely avoided calling the race, but based on the votes that have been counted, Trump leads in enough states to reach at least 270 electoral votes, which would be enough to win the election if his election-night lead holds. Trump claims victory, but because Democrats were much more likely to vote by mail than Republicans, Joe Biden eventually pulls ahead because of the Democratic lean of the remaining votes — a phenomenon known as the “blue shift.”

That’s just one of the many scenarios the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan collection of over 100 experts, explored this summer while researching how a possible election crisis could unfold.

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​OTOH some folks may have taken the gaming situation too far.

Trump’s opponents are so concerned that he might steal the election that they have forgotten to worry that he might simply win it.

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Of course, the fact that Trump ultimately prevailed in a clean and constitutionally legitimate Electoral College victory then doesn’t invalidate alarm about Trump’s willingness to wreak havoc now. Not even victory prevented him from alleging that mass voter fraud had been conducted against him in 2016; he’s absolutely certain to publicly challenge the results of this year’s election no matter who ultimately wins. And the concerns that Trump and sympathetic Republicans might actively work to stymie or obstruct the full counting of votes this time around are well justified. But we also shouldn’t neglect the possibility that Donald Trump might win the election just as he did in 2016—by the time the counts are done, he comes out genuinely ahead in the states he needs to win the Electoral College again. What happens then?

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The project of rectifying all this with more resources and a broader substantive commitment to the popular vote from progressive groups and leaders will be vital in the long run. In the short run, obviously, it’s already too late—it is entirely possible Trump will again emerge the victor of a ludicrous and indefensible electoral system that, panicked as they might be about the trajectory of American democracy, nobody in national politics has made a serious effort to challenge.

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The thing is, we know what to do if Trump wins. The accelerationists will have won as will have the monumentally ignorant.

When first son-in-law Jared Kushner sat down with Bob Woodward to discuss his father-in-law’s administration, he told the veteran journalist, “The most dangerous people around the president are overconfident idiots.” The quote was obviously ironic given Kushner’s history as an overconfident idiot, but it could just as easily have described Donald Trump, who has long thought of himself as the smartest person in the room when, in reality, he’s a colossal moron. Despite bankrupting six businesses, he thinks he knows more about monetary policy than the chairman of the Federal Reserve. Despite proclaiming that windmills cause cancer, he thinks he knows “more about renewable [energy] than any human being on Earth.” The list of things Trump claims he knows better about than anyone else goes on and on, but perhaps none is more dangerous than his belief that he knows more about climate science than actual scientists, an astonishing display of ignorance that was out in full force on Monday.

In California for an event focused on the fires that have ravaged the West Coast, displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and killed at least 28, Trump was told by Wade Crowfoot, head of the state’s Natural Resources Agency, “We’ve had temperatures explode this summer. You may have learned that we broke a world record in the Death Valley—130 degrees [Fahrenheit]. But even in greater L.A., 120-plus degrees. And we’re seeing this warming trend make our summers warmer, but also our winters warmer, as well.” Referencing Trump’s claim that if California would merely rake its forests the fires wouldn’t happen, Crowfoot charitably acknowledged that “One area of mutual agreement and priority is vegetation management, but I think we want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forest, and actually work together with that science, that science is going to be key.”

To which Trump responded: “It’ll start getting cooler. You just—you just watch.”

www.vanityfair.com/…

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It’s impossible to know exactly how many lives would have been saved if Trump had been a president of below-average competence who simply followed the lead of his administration’s own disease control experts. David Leonhardt’s estimate of 145,000, which is the number of Americans who would be alive if our share of global virus deaths was the same as our share of the world population, seems reasonable. But we don’t have a sub-replacement-level president of below-average competence. We have a sociopathic narcissist who knew exactly how dangerous the virus is, but who was dead-set from the very beginning on lying to the public and actively opposing and undermining his own government’s capacity for effective pandemic response. And all because he thought it would make him look bad, hurt the economy, and hurt his re-election chances.

Whatever that is, it’s worse than mere manslaughter. It wasn’t passive. It wasn’t accidental. It wasn’t unavoidable. It took active malice to kill this many Americans. It dishonors their memory, as well as the skill and competence of America’s stellar but stymied disease control officials, to let him off the hook.

www.niskanencenter.org/…

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